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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover

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A highly effective incredibly fast paint and varnish stripper to remove up to 6 layers of paint in 5 minutes from many types of coatings. Gel consistency ideal for vertical or awkward areas.

Paint panther is suitable for use on water, oil and solvent based paints, varnishes and lacquers and is quite possibly one of the best wood strippers and paint removers available.

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A traditional 'Gel' type varnish and paint stripper that effectively removes a wide range of oil, water and solvent based lacquers, varnishes and paints.

Read more about stripping paint and varnish from wood in our blog.


Paint Panther can be used both indoors and outdoors. Always ensure suitable ventilation and apply to an appropriate test area to check compatibility.

Paint Panther Wood stripper gel does not contain Dichloromethane which is now a banned substance. Light scoring of the coated surface may enhance performance, however do not sand if any coats contain lead.


Our wood stripping gel contains corrosive substances and should only be used in a well ventilated area with protective clothing such as gloves and safety glasses or goggles.

When stripping wood floors, furniture and doors, paint a thick coat of wood stripper onto about a square meter at a time and leave for between 5 and 10 minutes before removing the gel. Removal of the wood stripping gel can be done with a scraper or with steel wool. If using steel wool then a good pair of gloves should be worn as wood strippers always contain aggressive stripping chemicals.

If some layers remain on the wooden surface then the process can be repeated as many times as is necessary. Once you feel that you are virtually back to the bare wood then the surface should be washed with white spirit. The one you use depends on the type of paint or varnish being removed but you won't do any harm to try several before you find the most effective one.


As with any corrosive substances such as paint remover or wood strippers, always read the instructions carefully prior to use for guidance and what to do if the product comes into contact with skin or eyes.

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Paint Panther Paint and Varnish Remover reviews - Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars, based on 43 reviews.

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Bruce Henderson

Great varnish stripper, works a treat.
Great product, excellent service. Delivered on time. Would definately use this product and supplier again. On the down side the tins were badly damaged in transit, fortunately they did not burst, so no leakage. No hassle for me, but could be a problem if the tins leaked because of damage. Will send photos if required. Please send email address if photos required.
Our feedback:-
Many thanks for the review Mr Henderson, I'm sorry to hear that you received your goods in this way. Our couriers are usually very good but on the odd occasion can be a little heavy handed as you can imagine. If you would like to send us any photos of the damage please do so to wfdhelp@gmail.com
Philip Blagden

Varnish remover
Fabulous just like the stuff we had in the Navy, not like this Nitromors rubbish!!!!! does what it says on the tin, good stuff

Does what it says on the tin.
Used this to remove varnish on decking which Pressure washing did not achieve. I am not good at DIY but it worked well for me.
David Shaylor

It takes longer than other paint strippers used but with patience is effective
As it is a gel it stays in place but have to be generous with it and patient
Our feedback:-
Removers and strippers sometimes not working correctly is an area we have decided to look into more thoroughly.

Very soon we will be launching a blog post dedicated to this subject. This can be viewed by simply clicking the 'Blog' link at the top of this page.

This will help to answer the question of whether a remover is likely to work and also why many removers no longer work.

In the meantime we can confirm that the vast majority of paints and varnishes CAN still be removed with Paint Panther.

It does work and very quickly, paint was bubbling within minutes. However, only removes a coat at a time.
Mike Hammond

This is a remake of the old nitromoors. It works!!
Katrina Cox

No better than nitro morse despite recommendations to the contrary
Paint stripping a very ornate wooden chair and this product is absolutely no better than nitro morse despite the countless customer reviews that rate it as far superior to the other product. Would not go out of my way to purchase this paint stripper again and am still looking for a product that will do the job much more quickly and less messily. It might just not exist!
Our feedback:-

Thank you for taking the time to tell us about this. Occasionally we do hear that Paint Panther doesn't work (less than 5% of projects).

We have contacted the manufacturer to try and gather more information about why this is. For example it may be less effective on lead based paints. Watch this space!
Paul Allen

Still looking for a 'post EU regulations' paint stripper that works - this is not it!
Another paint stripper that doesn't work. I was hopeful from the reviews that this could be 'paint stripper' as I remember it from pre-EU regulation days. Sadly, it is not.
Our feedback:-
Our tests show it truly is great on most paints and varnishes. There are so many formulations out there that it's hard to promise it will definitely work. We can say it's success rate is above 90% going on the feedback we receive.

Thank you for your comments, they are much appreciated and give us the chance to offer additional information.

Works well
Works better than what other products did

Excellent !
Having tried another paint remover which was useless this did an excellent job in removing several layers of paint from an old window. Highly recommended and super quick delivery - thank you !
Beverley Webb

Really good product. Removed about 4 layers of stain & varnish.
First time I have used this and it was brilliant. A well known make I have used in the past is not a patch this product, I will certainly use this Paint & Varnish Remover in future.
P Oliver

Have tried every paint remover on the market and this one works. They are all messy and they all need experimentation to get it right on the surface you are stripping. The difference is this one is quicker, stronger and more efficient.
Anthony Hayward

Does what it says on the tin
Easy to apply,effective,did what I needed it to do, an excellent product.
Lisa Kirk

Works brilliantly
Took a while for it to penetrate old paint but l think it was because there were so many layers, would definitely buy varnish remover from the website again.
Lisa Atkinson

Very good product
This was the first time I have used paint stripper. I was nervous but it was easy. The paint (which is several layers over around 50 years) came off in two applications, and the wood looks great! Really easy to use (which is saying something because I'm relatively new to DIY and a little bit like Frank Spencer!).
Roy Sargeant

Don't buy Nitromors!!!
Buy this instead. Nitromors used to be the industry standard paint stripper or so I thought. The cloudy old gloopy stuff used to burn your skin but didn't half work well. recently bought some to clean up some ronsealed window frames and it was Cr*p. Spoke to the good guys at WFD and next day this stuff arrived. Not as good as the old Nitromors but then nothing is (that's what being green gets ya)! but a great improvement over the new Nitromors.
Maureen Pearce

Made stripping a staircase and banister very easy. Had layers of paint on now back to beautiful oak wood .down side it was a bite messy
Brahm Norwich

Very good
It was what I was looking for renovate a oldish garden bench.
Roger Blight

Even better than the original Nitromors Product
Very easy to use, did not cause any skin irritation to me whereas the original Nitromors made my eyes water and skin itch. Also it got most of the paint of with the first application but you must be patient to let the reaction really get going.
Peter Day

Worked well for the job
Did a great job removing several old coats of varnish from boat.

per litre
5 mins
dry time
  • Easy to apply
  • Non-drip Gel Formula
  • Methylene Chloride Free

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